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Sort order. Aug 17, Jackie Cain rated it it was ok. Now, look, these books are getting better. This one had two well-plotted stories, interwoven as the protagonists discovered them. It had a dramatisation of the history of one of the stories too. John Nixon is getting better at showing the characters, not telling them. I really enjoyed the book. However, to be fair on my other reviews, I can't really give it more than 2 stars.
Everything about Cragside is better than this even though Cragside itself isn't as good the earlier books in its series. I need more stars to play with! My quibble now is that the genealogy is a bit perfunctory. Madeleine and Ian need to draw out some trees and look at more stuff! Still, if you like genealogical mysteries and are wary about poor quality, I think you'll enjoy this book.
Jan 03, Marty Mcintyre rated it liked it.
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While reading the latest Madeleine Porter mystery a few days ago, I discovered that I had not read one book in the series. All of these novels are crime and mystery solved with some genealogy research. This was no exception. The story was good and the plot twists kept my interest but I felt that this book ended too abruptly and failed to resolve the outstanding issues satisfactorily. Thus it only gets 3 stars. I'm hoping that there will be another book that will pick up the thread.
View 1 comment. Jan 02, Karen rated it really liked it. Pleasant A nice, quiet little mystery.
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A good book for a peaceful day in the sun or an evening by the fire. May 14, Zoe Obstkuchen rated it liked it. First I've read from this author and although I found the writing a bit clunky the plot was intriguing and I'll probably read more hoping they hone their style along the way. Jan 10, Audrey rated it really liked it. Enjoyable if short read and abrupt ending. Jan 16, Karen rated it really liked it. The year is and a man has been murdered whilst perusing the parish registers in the vestry of a country church. It does not take the police long to apprehend the culprit although no motive for the killing has ever been discovered.
With the death of the murderer in prison, will the real reason for the attack ever emerge? Fast forward to the present and a retired crime reporter decides to take up the case. As there appears to be a genealogical aspect, he enlists the help of Madelei The year is and a man has been murdered whilst perusing the parish registers in the vestry of a country church. As there appears to be a genealogical aspect, he enlists the help of Madeleine Porter, a local family history researcher.
It was good that the importance of backing up your theories was highlighted and how jumping to conclusions can lead you completely off track. The sub-plot concerning Oliver was also a good addition although I felt that this part of the story was left hanging at the end.
Will this be addressed in a further book or is that the end? Dec 07, Debi Levins rated it liked it. Another twister John Nixon is rapidly becoming the king of the convoluted plot. Unfortunately, he's set himself up this time and may have alienated a few fans. This book ends just as a revelation is made concerning a main plot point.
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Are you concerned readers would be less interested in your next book without bait? Dec 26, Denise rated it really liked it. The main characters are once again on a whirlwind search to solve an old murder. In the meantime they try to unite a young man with the identity of his father. Fast paced and full of twists. May 12, Janet Hollman rated it really liked it. Another spellbinder Another good book following the ancestral trail. It has inspired me to look into mine. I just hope murder and intrigue don't follow.
Jan 06, Marie Shirley Griffin rated it it was amazing. Interesting I enjoy the Madeleine Porter mysteries. While not "rocket science", you really do have to pay attention to names, dates, etc.
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Well worth your time. Apr 10, Kaye Jordan rated it liked it. Ok And it was an ok book about genealogists looking into more than one person's family. I thought they went about their searches a bit backwards. But what do I know? Amino Acid Supplements. Discount Medical Supplies. You can find out more about which cookies we are using or switch them off in settings.